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Train stone bridge at Solkan

Vista to Soča River and  Solkan stone train bridge. The Solkan Bridge is a 219.7-metre (721 ft) arch *by railway terminology viaduct over the Soča River near Nova Gorica in western Slovenia. With an arch span of 85 metres (279 ft), it is the longest stone bridge in the world and the longest stone bridge among train bridges. It holds the record as later construction technology used reinforced concrete to build bridges.(source Via Transalpina, published by Museum of Slovene Railway). It was originally built in the time of the Secession, between 1900 and 1905, and officially opened in 1906.
The bridge was designed by the architect Rudolf Jaussner and engineer Leopold Örley, initially with an 80 m stone arch. The bridge was built by the Viennese construction company Brüder Redlich und Berger between 1904 and 1905. In the spring of 1904 the builders had to change the project because of the light soil and increase the arch to 85 meters. It is built of 4,533 stone blocks.

On July 19, 1906, the railway from Jesenice to Gorizia was completed and the Austrian heir Franz Ferdinand travelled across the bridge. In 1916, during the First World War, the Austrians destroyed the bridge as they left Solkan to prevent the invading forces from using it. After the war the Italians first built a steel construction where the bridge once stood and in April 1925 started to build a new bridge, which was finished in 1927. This bridge was very similar to the first one, with the exception of having only four sub-arches instead of the original five. During the Second World War the bridge suffered only minimal damage from bomb attacks, which the Germans repaired in a few days.

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